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Open Water Certification

Faithful Scuba - South FL - Open Water Certification


If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive so you can experience the unparalleled adventure of the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The entry course to learn to scuba dive is called Open Water Scuba Diver. In just a few short online classroom sessions, pool dives, and open water dives you can take on this great new hobby. 

Faithful Scuba offers both private and semi-private courses allowing for a more personalized experience tailored to your specific needs. 

In your Open Water Diver course, you learn the fundamentals of scuba diving through academic and confined water skill development.  Upon completion of 4 open water dives, you will receive your scuba certification enabling you to dive independently with a buddy anywhere in the world.

Faithful Scuba - South FL - Open Water Certification

Typical Schedule for a Scuba Certification Course:

Pre-Class Online:  e-Learning academics (purchased separately)

Day 1:  Paperwork & Pool Day

Day 2:  Open Water Dives 1 & 2

Day 3:  Open Water Dives 3 & 4

Included in our Scuba Certification Class:

Pool Instruction

Open Water Instruction (shore dive & boat dive)

Rental Gear (BCD, regulator, weights, and tank rentals)

Mask, snorkel, fins (if needed)

Boat Fees (except gratuities)

Certification Card

NOT included in our Scuba Certification Class:

Online academics


Gratuity for boat crew

Learning to Scuba Dive can be Broken Down into Three Stages:

Faithful Scuba - South FL - Open Water Certification


Knowledge Development:

Students are responsible for purchasing their online academic materials separately through their agency of choice.  We offer PADI, SSI, and SDI courses.  Please contact us for pricing.

It’s important for new divers to understand the fundamentals of spending time underwater for life-long safe diving practices through e-learning.  With online training students complete their training at their own pace.  Once the academics are completed, we will schedule a “Meet & Greet” where you will receive an equipment briefing, sign appropriate forms, and take a final exam before proceeding on to the practical sessions.

Faithful Scuba - South FL - Open Water Certification


Confined Water Training (Pool):

Now it’s time to get wet! This is where you get acquainted with all of your dive gear and learn basic diving skills.  You will master mask clearing, underwater hand signals, buoyancy control and so much more. 

Faithful Scuba - South FL - Open Water Certification


Open Water Training Dives:

The adventure begins!  Students explore the underwater world demonstrating all of the skills that they learned in the swimming pool. You will spend 2 days in the ocean with your instructor completing 4 open water dives to earn your certification.

Requirements for Open Water Training:

1. You must be 10 years old and students under 18 must have signed parental consent.
2. You must be able to swim 200 yards continuously and do a 10-minute tread of water.
3. Good overall health is required. You may need a Dr’s approval under certain circumstances. Click here to view the medical form.

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